Sustainability is central in our work. However, ‘sustainability’ as a concept is inconsistently applied and understood. It is widely over-used and misused, leading to a loss of common understanding.
Sustainability is a broad subject. At its core, it is about seeking a balance between social, environmental and economic principles so the actions of the present do not compromise the future. Another way of looking at it is to broaden the range and duration of considerations - in problem solving or design - to achieve solutions that deliver more long term benefits.
To achieve continued improvement of environmental, social and economic conditions in the built environment, we have expanded the three ‘original’ pillars approach (environmental, social and economic) to include institutional, political and technical considerations.
Our work at an urban scale led us to consider these three additional components as agents of change and central to gaining acceptance and traction for sustainable development. Collectively these six components give us a conceptual framework with which to consider sustainability at all scales. Sustainability is ultimately defined on a place-specific basis, project-by-project.
Our “Lean, Mean and Green” philosophy produces designs that lower demand for valuable resources, provide efficient structures and deploy innovative technology. Happold Consulting is skilled to take clients through the complex environmental challenges the 21st Century presents.